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Resolving the Sunk Cost Conflict

Advances in Management Accounting

ISBN: 978-1-78714-530-6, eISBN: 978-1-78714-529-0

ISSN: 1474-7871

Publication date: 3 July 2017



We also show how differing opinions on how to treat sunk costs impact a firm’s decision-making process both economically and socially.




We appreciate the input from Barbara Apostolou (West Virginia University), Phil Beaulieu (University of Calgary), Natalie Churyk (Northern Illinois University), Melvin Houston (Attorney at Law), David Sinason (Northern Illinois University), Mark Riley (Northern Illinois University), Dave Stout (Youngstown State University), Greg Trompeter (University of Central Florida), and Jeff Wong (University of Nevada-Las Vegas) on earlier versions of this manuscript. We also thank Brian Leonard, Research Assistant, Wayne State University, for his excellent help with this manuscript.


Reinstein, A., Bayou, M.E., Williams, P.F. and Grayson, M.M. (2017), "Resolving the Sunk Cost Conflict", Advances in Management Accounting (Advances in Management Accounting, Vol. 28), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 123-154.



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